Monday, April 4

Why the Umbrellas of Cherbourg is closing early

As I mentioned on Sunday, the Umbrellas of Cherbourg has posted its closing notices for 21st May at the Gielgud Theatre.

The producers of the show have now released a statement giving their reasons for the early closure. Daniel Sparrow said: “Together with my co-producing team, we are immensely proud to have brought our production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg to the West End following its run in Leicester earlier this year. However, despite consistently positive audience responses, for economic reasons we are having to close earlier than anticipated. To have worked with Emma Rice, Kneehigh, our hugely talented creative team, cast and company has been a privilege and as producers, our ongoing ambition to bring fresh, innovative and original work to the West End will continue to be pursued. Following positive interest in the show from the global theatrical community, plans for a UK tour and various international productions of Umbrellas are currently in discussion.”

I have to say I enjoyed the show, but when I went the circle was closed and several other people have said the same thing that the theatre was almost empty on the night they saw it.  Hence the "economic reasons"!

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